According to an investigation by Marine Corps Times, multiple military child development institutions are subject to deadly threats.
After the school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, Gunnery Sgt; Jennifer McNeil decided to investigate her children’s military childcare. She and other parents were dissatisfied with the absence of closed doors and personnel checks for people entering the school. McNeil: We safeguard our equipment and assets more than our children. For our youngsters, entering the building is as simple as walking right in. Five child development facilities are located on Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
Staff members told Marine Corps Times that they felt like “sitting ducks” in the event of an active shooter incident. According to a caregiver who works there, the restrooms inside the rooms have no doors. There are regulations in place at the child care center to regulate who gets access to the facility. Visitors to the CDP must check in and out of the facility and wear a visitors badge at all times under Defense Department Instruction 6060.02. A few days after the massacre in Texas, a caregiver described a situation where a man strolled into a daycare facility and reportedly stated, “Hey, I’m IT,” before being permitted in.
A parent advised deploying even a single military police officer at the facility to provide a speedier reaction time in the case of a security issue. The caregiver also requested indoor window coverings and improved training for all facility staff. The caregiver said, “We have nothing to defend ourselves with; therefore, we cannot equip ourselves.” “Incredibly, some of these locations on base have top-notch security, but the childcare doesn’t.”